Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quick post

No, I haven't forgotten this blog!

April is over, and with it the A to Z challenge. I was stuck on K anyway, so I won't be continuing in that format.

However, despite its detractors, the A to Z challenge did give me the impetus to actually blog for 10 days straight. That's a new personal best! I think I got some good stuff down, but I also wrote some crap. Oh, well.

As far as the detractors go: Some bloggers don't seem to understand that some of us need structure. Without the A to Z challenge, I wouldn't have done half the work I have done on my project.

It's like a poet. Some thrive with free verse (or blank verse, although I couldn't tell you the difference to save my life). But others need a formal structure, such as a sonnet. It has specific rules, and within those rules you can say absolutely anything. Look at Shakespeare.

Anyway, I'm working on pre-generated characters for Freedom in the Galaxy!, and I'm having some problems. I need to work out a skill list, for one. Not so hard, you might say, and that's true.

But then I need to work out racial characteristics for at least a dozen alien races (although I don't need to do them all at once.)

Plus, I'd like to faithfully adapt the characters from the boardgame. I know, it's not easy; I didn't sign on for this because it'd be easy, I signed on because I thought it'd be fun.

And as far as fun goes, after a session or two I should be able to put together some character creation rules. I was going to just go for pre-gen/adaptations for the whole thing, but I get the sneaking hunch (having spent so much time as a player myself) that players won't like that. They'll want to create their own characters.

And why not? That's the fun part for players, isn't it?

Anyway, I'll keep plugging away at it.

Also, don't forget Free Comic Book Day this Saturday! Check your local stores for participation. Me, I'm going to The Source, a store which in past years has given away 10% of ALL comics given away in a given year! It's not just an event, it's a party!


kesher said...

Dood, thank you for the reminder about Free Comic Book day! I'm absolutely taking Max (and maybe my dad...)

kesher said...

Oh, and:

Free verse: Do whatever the hell you want.

Blank verse: Unrhymed iambic pentameter (think Milton, or long speeches in Shakespeare's Tragedies...)

Personally, I'm a fan of the rarely used iambic hexameter...

Former English teacher, signing off...

Will Douglas said...

According to another friend of mine (who is a math teacher, but no matter...), some of the long speeches in some of Shakespeare's works are actually sonnets, whether full or partial.

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